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Nationals agree to one-year contract with Mark DeRosa

Dec 22, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

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Mark DeRosa will try to get his career back on track in Washington.

Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the oft-injured veteran infielder has agreed to a one-year contract with the Nationals, who plan to use him as a bench player.

DeRosa just completed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Giants during which he played just 73 of a possible 324 games because of wrist problems and hit just .235 with a .593 OPS.

General manager Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson have repeatedly stressed the importance of having veterans on the bench as the Nationals try to become contenders, but DeRosa is 36 years old and had his last healthy, productive season in 2008. He’s certainly worth a low-risk flier, but expectations should be pretty modest.

  1. test2402 - Dec 22, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Derosa roots for Tim Tebow.

  2. dwrek5 - Dec 22, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    After seeing him end his season on check swing, I thought he was done. Happy to see him back, hope the wrist holds up.

  3. eknirb - Dec 22, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    always hurt.

    nice guy, but made of glass.

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